Shout Out to Dr. Alexander Sinu MD who posted about this in his blog: DSM (Defeating Stigma Mindfully).
I lifted this information on forgiveness from the website Human Performance Psychology because it is so interesting from a medical standpoint. You can read the entire article here:
You can download for free (it is free) an article I wrote about why it is so hard to forgive and how to do it anyway here.
Just click or paste the link into your browser bar, scroll down to Free Downloads and click Multifaceted Cross (pdf) to download the article.
Here is an excerpt from Why Forgiveness is So Important from the website Human Performance Psychology.
“An astonishing example of the power of forgiveness can be found in the practice of burn surgeon Dabney Ewin. His patients would enter the ER ‘all burned up’ both inside and out, writes Megan Feldman Bettencourt in her new book Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.
As they lay in agony, enraged at themselves or someone else for their wretched injuries, Ewin spoke to them more like a therapist than a doctor: ‘You can still pursue damages through an attorney. You’re entitled to be angry, but for now I’m asking you to abandon your entitlement and let it go, to direct your energy toward healing, and turn this over to God or nature or whoever you worship. When you know at a feeling level that you’re letting it go, raise your hand. Then I’d shut up, they’d raise their hand, and I’d know that skin graft was gonna take.
‘Over many decades of treating burns, Ewin discovered that the attitude of his patients greatly impacted their healing.
‘With someone who’s real angry, we’d put three or four skin grafts on, but his body would reject them.’
For this surgeon, helping his patients forgive was step one.”
Hugs and blessings, Susan
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